Microsoft Visual Basic 1.0 for DOS

First released in 1991, Microsoft Visual Basic was a programming environment where one could build an application by visually creating the user interface first, and then adding code. In contrast, even the smallest Visual Basic basic programs could take reams of program code to write in C or C++. Visual Basic was extremely popular for business application programming. The language itself was an interpreted BASIC dialect, however speed was maintained through the use of reusable compiled libraries (DLLs and VBX controls). These however, limited application development to Microsoft Windows.

Visual Basic easily interfaced with many database products (most notably Microsoft Access) and reporting tools (most notably Crystal Reports)

Visual Basic 3 was the most popular version under 16-bit Windows 3.1, while Visual Basic 6 was the most popular for 32-bit Windows 95/NT and later. After version 6, Visual Basic was replaced by "Visual Basic.NET", a very incompatible product based around Microsoft's "Dot Net" virtual machine runtime, essentially killing it off as a serious development product.

Microsoft Visual Basic 1.0 for DOS is unique in that it was the only version released for something other than Microsoft Windows. VB for DOS uses the text video mode, but provides forms and UI controls similar to Windows. This product replaces Microsoft BASIC Professional Development System 7.1.

From here on out, the product is segmented in to Standard/Professional/etc.

Product type
DevTool
Vendor
Microsoft
Release date
1992
Minimum CPU
8088
User interface
Text
Platform
DOS

Downloads

Download Name Version Language CPU File type File size
Microsoft Visual Basic 1.0 for DOS Professional (3.5) 1.0 for DOS Professional English x86 3½ Floppy 8.51MB
Microsoft Visual Basic 1.0 for DOS Standard Edition (3.5) 1.0 for DOS Standard Edition English x86 3½ Floppy 2.79MB
Microsoft Visual Basic 1.0 for DOS Standard Edition (5.25) 1.0 for DOS Standard Edition English x86 5¼ Floppy 3.41MB

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